Jul 13, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Pena (12) on deck against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers sign Carlos Pena, yeah that one!

The Texas Rangers don’t appear to be giving up just yet this season, especially now with the signing of first baseman Carlos Pena.  They recently started a huge 9-game west coast road trip this week.  They managed to win the series in Seattle and started off the first game against Oakland with a win.

That is very good considering they were only able to go 3 for 6 on their recent homestand.  Also, they have continued to lose players to the disabled list.  The Texas Rangers used the disabled list a league leading 20 times this season.

With playoff hopes still alive the Rangers have added to their roster Carlos Pena, actually he’ll be starting off with the triple-A Round Rock Express.  Pena is no stranger to Texas, they originally drafted him in the first round of the 1998 amateur draft (10 pick overall).

Pena hasn’t played any this year and was last with the Kansas City Royals.  He mainly played with the Houston Astros last year.  With the Astros he batted .209 with 13 doubles and 8 home runs over 85 games/325 at-bats.  Carlos Pena over his 13 year career is a .233 batter.

With this signing that does signal they are still looking for a good solution at first base.  He’ll have to prove to the Texas Rangers at Round Rock that he still has the stuff to do the job at first base.  In the past he’s been one of the best.  He’s been an All-star and top in the MVP voting in the past.  He does have potential, just hopefully there is still something left in the tank for the 36 year old Pena.

 

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